The Square Scoop
By Dedham Square Circle
Posted Jun 03, 2010 @ 07:00 AM
Welcome back, Scoop fans!
Have you made your weekend plans yet? Make sure the Dedham Square Music & Art Festival is on your agenda! Dedham Square Circle, Dedham Community House and Dedham School of Music have teamed up to put on an incredible day of local music and art for all to enjoy.
Throughout the day on Saturday, some of the area’s best musical and artistic talent will perform and showcase their work on the field behind the Dedham Community House. Headlining this year’s event is Dedham’s own Magic Magic. If you haven’t heard this band play, you are in for a treat. They were named as one of the 50 best new bands in the country by The Boston Phoenix and are also a nominee for “Best Local Act” and "Best Song" in The Boston Phoenix/WFNX's Boston Music Poll. Four of the five band members – Brendan Hughes, Dylan Gough, Mike Hlady and John Murphy – are all Dedham High grads.
The day kicks-off at 10 a.m. with a special children’s concert with folk singer/songwriter Maria Sangiolo, winner of the Parents Choice Honors Award. Also performing are Autumn Hollow, Sarah Blacker, Inchicore, Julie Sweeney , Shadwell and Ryan Walsh of Hallelujah the Hills. Going on right before Magic Magic will be Mission Hill, who just recently played the Kiss 108 concert and will be opening for Bon Jovi and Kid Rock at Gillette Stadium in July. Did we mention that Radio 92.9 will be on hand to emcee the event? Food vendors on site, kids’ activities and more. Bring your chairs and blankets and stay all day! Admission is FREE! This is an event everyone will be talking about – don’t miss out! For the performance schedule, musician bios, list of local artists, parking information and more, visit www.dedhamfestival.org.
Big Countdown – In less than 2 weeks, on Wednesday, June 16, the Dedham Farmers Market will ring the opening cow bell, marking the start of the 2010 season! Stay tuned for more details on the festivities planned for this special occasion and keep an eye out for the larger than life fruits and veggies waving from the Farmers Market float in the Flag Day Parade on June 14!
Nighty Nite – hop on into The Blue Bunny for a bedtime story time Friday night at 6:30. PJ’s strongly encouraged! Enjoy stories and a simple craft. Free!
Pet Pampering - Do you fancy your furry friend? Trot down to The Dedham Exchange on Saturday for “Pamper your Pet Day” from 12-5 to get something special for your favorite animal companion. Pate Ceramics will be in-house with hand-thrown personalized pet bowls. “Five Sisters” returns with their calligraphy quotes with a twist and other pet-themed gifts.
Game On! - First Church and Parish will host “Game Day” with fun and games for the whole family. Categories include Chance & Skill, Individual & Team, Competitive & Non, Running & Sitting, Board & Electronic. Prizes! Saturday, June 5, from 3-6 p.m., rain or shine.
Got Talent? - Eileen at Sheep Skate is looking for people who have a talent or craft that they’d like to teach and share with others. Stop in the shop or give her a shout at 781-320-9276.
Did you know … the Dedham Community Theatre uses real butter on their popcorn? With all the critically acclaimed movies playing in recent weeks, it’s no wonder the popcorn machine has been working overtime! “Please Give,” featured at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, opens tomorrow night.
More than Clay Play – students in the “Clay Motion” class at Discover Music & Art recently debuted the films they made featuring the clay characters they sculpted and manipulated by hand, and the backgrounds, props and storyboards they created. How cool is THAT?!
Going Once, Going Twice - this Sunday at noon, Grogan & Co. is holding their big annual auction featuring American and European paintings, prints, drawings and sculpture; 18th and 19th century furniture and decorative works of art; silver, jewelry and Oriental rugs and carpets. Preview the exhibit on Friday and Saturday from 10-6 p.m. and on Sunday from 10-noon, at 22 Harris St. Visit www.groganco.com for the on-line catalogue.
Blue Star Salute - The Dedham Historical Society is joining museums across the country to support America’s military families throughout the summer. As part of the Blue Star Museums program, an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts, DHS will offer free museum admission to active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day. For more information visit www.dedhamhistorical.org.
Just Ducky – Head on down to Riverdale Park across from the Olde Irish Ale House on Saturday, June 12, at 1 p.m. for the Neponset Valley Sunrise Rotary Club’s Annual Duck Race event. First place takes $1,000! Face painting, food, entertainment and activities for the kids.
Star Sighting - A special showing of the newly released film “The North Star”, based on the best-selling book by Peter H. Reynolds, will be held on Saturday, June 12, from 10-11 a.m., at the Dedham Community Theatre. For kids and grown-up kids! Fifty cents a ticket.
Dedham Square Trivia – Congratulations to Sandy Nett and Edith Araby who were the only one to get the answer right to our last Dedham Square Trivia question (It was an elephant that was put on public display in 1822 on the grounds of the old “Norfolk Hotel” on Court Street).
This week’s Trivia Question: What is the name of the large stuffed sheep that adorns knitted seasonal attire in front of SheepSkate Yarn & Crafts? Submit your answers by Friday, June 11, to firstname.lastname@example.org or to the address below. Get it right, and you’ll be entered into our quarterly drawing to win a gift certificate to a Square business!
Are You a Member? Please support our revitalization efforts in the Square by joining/renewing as a member today. Receive special discounts at participating Square merchants. Visit www.dedhamsquarecircle.org to donate by credit card or send $35 for an individual or $50 for a family membership to DSC, P.O. Box 593, Dedham, MA 02027. Thanks for your support!